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Mark Lundy's convictions for murder of wife, daughter upheld

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 12:36 pm | RNZ

The Court of Appeal has upheld Mark Lundy's convictions for the murders of his wife Christine and daughter Amber. More >>

Gordon Campbell: the political cost of rising petrol prices

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:46 am | Gordon Campbell

O ver the course of National’s entire term of office… it had the great good fortune that high global oil prices rarely coincided with a low Kiwi dollar, and so the price of petrol never became a major item on the political agenda. No such ... More >>

Orson Welles, Broadcasts and Fake News

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:26 am | Binoy Kampmark

Orson Welles’ spectral return to the screen, ingeniously in posthumous mode, should have come as a comfort to the magicians skilled in the arts of trickery. Beyond the grave, he seems to be exerting a continuing influence, with his film, The Other Side ... More >>

Multimedia: PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 8/10/18

Monday, 8 October 2018, 5:28 pm | Lyndon Hood

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi to announce plans to use forthcoming commerce legislation to investigate the fuel market. She said importer ... More >>

Barely Breathing: May’s Gasping Premiership

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Boris Johnson storm, beating away at the British Prime Minister’s doors with an ancient fury, has been stayed for the moment in the wake of the Conservative Party Conference held at Birmingham last week. While the potential usurper batters away ... More >>

Better freshwater quality within five years

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:19 pm | BusinessDesk

Better freshwater quality within five years; new deal for Maori on water, govt says By Pattrick Smellie More >>

Animal carcasses, psychopathy and school possum hunts

Monday, 8 October 2018, 2:53 pm | Lynley Tulloch

It is school possum hunt season again in New Zealand. These events serve a dual purpose of fundraiser and ‘pest’ cull. More >>

Former PM slams mayoralty rumours as 'ridiculous'

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:16 pm | RNZ

Former prime minister Helen Clark says rumours that she's lining up to run for Auckland's mayoralty next year are "ridiculous." More >>

Seal-watching boat crashes in Milford Sound

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:03 pm | RNZ

A boat carrying 39 tourists crashed into a rock while seal watching in Milford Sound yesterday. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the ongoing battles over free speech

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:21 pm | Gordon Campbell

F ree speech controversies – and the threats to freedom of expression posed by city councils and university administrators – rarely have to do with the opinions of those lacking a public platform. Hurtful though the actions of the Massey University ... More >>

Wellington bus network: Consultant defends original scheme

Monday, 8 October 2018, 11:00 am | RNZ

The American transport consultant behind Wellington's new bus network blames the capital's bus chaos on the implementation not the design. More >>

New Human Rights chief confident of culture change

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:19 am | RNZ

The incoming chief Human Rights Commissioner , Paul Hunt, is confident the organisation can evolve, following a highly critical report that found there was sexual harassment at the agency. More >>

NZTE encouraged foreign water bottling investment

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:57 am | RNZ

Anti-water bottling campaigners want a categorical assurance government officials have stopped encouraging foreign bottlers to set up in New Zealand. More >>

Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 6:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia. At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed in the bill of rights. (Australia, not having such a restraining instrument on political zeal, ... More >>

Things that fall: La Boheme

Friday, 5 October 2018, 3:26 pm | Max Rashbrooke

When faced with a classic like La Boheme, it's always hard to keep it fresh and avoid the legacies of past performances. Director Jacqueline Coats has taken the approach of setting it in no defined period. This doesn't quite work, for me, because rather ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on bringing business into the 21st century

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:46 pm | Gordon Campbell

G ood to see that Business NZ has had the good grace to applaud the government’s latest handout to its members . From now on it seems, firms will only need to re-invest a paltry $50,000 in research and development – half the previous amount – to ... More >>

Chch Hospital struggles with synthetic drug admissions

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:15 am | RNZ

Christchurch Hospital says a few people are still in intensive care after taking synthetic drugs and it isn't sure they will make it. More >>

Creating a Suspect Society

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 2:09 pm | John W Whitehead

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. More >>

Football ferns coach 'breached bullying guidelines'

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:58 pm | RNZ

NZ Football should have investigated alleged bullying by Football Ferns' former coach Andreas Heraf raised after tours, according to a review into the organisation's conduct and culture. More >>

Tongariro death: 'People need to start listening to us'

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:37 pm | RNZ

A Police officer is frustrated by trampers refusing to heed warnings about the risks of hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. More >>

NZ Post's audio recordings practice deemed 'unsettling'

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:22 pm | RNZ

New Zealand Post has stopped the audio recording of posties who drive delivery vehicles after being told the practice is intrusive, unsettling, and unreasonable. More >>

Manus Island refugees present petition to PNG Supreme Court

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:14 pm | RNZ

Refugees from Manus Island will today present a petition with 368 signatures calling on the PNG Supreme Court to hand down a judgement that will significantly determine their futures. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the teachers' struggle

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 11:40 am | Gordon Campbell

These days, strike action is essentially a game of three dimensional chess, and the industrial stoppages coming our way in education are a case in point. From the outset, the teacher organizations will have to inconvenience the public, but without alienating ... More >>

Immunologist slams anti-vaccine billboard

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 10:42 am | RNZ

An anti-vaccination billboard erected alongside Auckland's southern motorway is being pulled due to public pressure, just one day after it went up. More >>

Concern as hospital anaesthetic staff in Whangārei strike

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 10:37 am | RNZ

Whangārei Hospital executives are insisting they have done everything possible to avoid strike action today. More >>

Gaza’s economy goes into freefall

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:41 am | Redress Information

The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a decade-long Israeli blockade and a series of large-scale military assaults, the economy of the tiny coastal enclave is in “freefall”. More >>

Satellite measurements: better earthquake forecasting tool?

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:17 pm | Simon Lamb

The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake shattered the surface and twisted railway lines. Simon Lamb , CC BY-ND More >>

NZ Catholic Church withholds findings on sex abuse claims

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 4:40 pm | RNZ

The Catholic Church has withheld its findings about a child sex abuse accusation for months from the man who laid the complaint. More >>

Auckland bus gridlock: 37 buses to be pulled from service

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 4:15 pm | RNZ

Auckland Transport will pull dozens of buses from a new North Shore network after passengers got stuck in a two kilometre jam yesterday. More >>

Elevated BPA levels found in Capital's aquifer

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 4:04 pm | RNZ

Traces of a dangerous chemical used in plastic packaging, Bisphenol-A, or BPA, have been found in the Waiwhetu Aquifer in the Hutt Valley. More >>

PM: Labour would vote against 'Kiwi values' bill

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:27 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she doesn't support the concept of NZ First's Respecting NZ Values Bill, which would impose cultural conditions on migrants and refugees entering the country. More >>

Mediawatch: The PM in US at the UN

Monday, 1 October 2018, 4:04 pm | RNZ

Jacinda Ardern - and her family - attracted plenty of attention at the UN in New York this week. She was even cast as an antidote to Trumpism. But did the media mistake exposure and international interest for genuine impact and influence? More >>

Principals dubious about student truancy report

Monday, 1 October 2018, 3:20 pm | RNZ

School principals are dubious about research suggesting initiatives from other countries can help New Zealand fight rising truancy. More >>

Payout to assaulted prison guard a 'landmark' decision

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:14 pm | RNZ

A $56,000 payout to a prison guard left traumatised by an inmate's attack is being hailed as a 'landmark' decision. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found the Department of Corrections didn't do enough to stop the assault happening in the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t pledge NZF's values

Monday, 1 October 2018, 12:06 pm | Gordon Campbell

So, at its annual conference on the weekend, New Zealand First voted to introduce legislation forcing new migrants and refugees to sign a pledge that they’ll abide by a list of “ New Zealand values” - presumably, as a condition of entry to this ... More >>

Filling next year's teacher shortage 'devilishly hard'

Monday, 1 October 2018, 11:23 am | RNZ

Auckland's primary schools will soon have 100 unfilled vacancies and principals around the country are nervous about finding enough teachers for 2019, school leaders say. More >>

Travellers refusing digital search now face $5000 fine

Monday, 1 October 2018, 11:07 am | RNZ

Travellers who refuse to hand over their phone or laptop passwords to Customs officials can now be slapped with a $5000 fine. More >>

Gandhi’s Despair and the Struggle for Truth and Love

Monday, 1 October 2018, 10:41 am | Robert J. Burrowes

‘When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.’ M.K. ... More >>

Davidson: Get Work and Income out of people's personal lives

Monday, 1 October 2018, 10:35 am | RNZ

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson says there has never been a better opportunity to transform a punitive and limiting culture of the welfare system. More >>

Kiwi died from neglect in sanctuary - report

Monday, 1 October 2018, 10:30 am | RNZ

The country's largest privately-owned conservation project has been allowed to show off kiwi to wealthy tourists without a permit, despite welfare concerns about the birds. More >>

Fully funding the TB response is a smart investment

Monday, 1 October 2018, 10:15 am | CNS

(CNS): As per WHO’s Global TB Report 2018 financing for TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment continues to fall short of the amount needed and commitments from both domestic and international donor sources need to be stepped up. More >>

Liberal Mercantilism and Economic Capitalism

Friday, 28 September 2018, 10:32 am | Keith Rankin

Most of us realise that there is something wrong with capitalism as we know it. We also accept that capitalism is here to stay; the only practicable alternatives are evolutions of capitalism, not from capitalism. More >>

The Real Reasons behind Washington’s War on UNRWA

Friday, 28 September 2018, 10:15 am | Ramzy Baroud

The US government’s decision to slash funds provided to the United Nations agency that cares for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, is part of a new American-Israeli strategy aimed at redefining the rules of the game altogether. More >>

Jacinda Ardern discusses Trump handshakes on The Late Show

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 4:29 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won the applause of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's studio audience in New York. More >>

Troubled bus network: Process was correct, officials say

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 4:15 pm | RNZ

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says it wouldn't have done anything differently in its implementation of the city's problematic new bus services, but is committing to fixing it in eight weeks' time. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Elizabeth Warren’s plans

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 1:00 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save capitalism from itself First published on Werewolf More >>

Rally backs Gisborne councillor who spoke out against racism

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 12:03 pm | RNZ

A Gisborne councillor plans to complain to the Ombudsman about being investigated after complaining another councillor made a racist remark. More >>

Peters denies claims he called Wally Haumaha during inquiry

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:29 am | RNZ

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters denies claims by a National MP that he called the deputy police commissioner to assure him things would be okay after a government inquiry into his appointment was launched. More >>

Ardern announces Whaitiri draft report leak investigation

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:22 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced an investigation into how the draft report detailing the incident involving sacked minister Meka Whaitiri was leaked. More >>

Ardern discusses trade with Canadian and Chilean leaders

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:19 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has met the leaders of Canada and Chile in New York to discuss trade. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the party of no ideas

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 1:17 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he striking thing about the issues that have political coverage over the past few months is the almost total lack of policy content to any of them. To date, Her Majesty’s Opposition hasn’t shown the slightest interest in offering a competing ... More >>

Flight of the Conchords appear on The Late Show

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:48 am | RNZ

New Zealand comedy folk band Flight of the Conchords have used an appearance on a US late night talk show to ask the prime minister if they can come round for dinner. More >>

Māori caucus back Meka Whaitiri: 'We support her'

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:37 am | RNZ

Labour's Māori caucus is backing MP Meka Whaitiri, despite not having seen the report that prompted her sacking as minister after an altercation with her press secretary. More >>

War Hysteria and Beleaguered Working Class in South Asia

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:27 am | Nayyar N Khan

With continued violence in Jammu Kashmir and a heightened threats of terrorist activities, mistrust between the two rivals and a threat of another serious military confrontation between India and Pakistan remains high. Territorial claims by both the neighbors ... More >>

PM's daughter makes global headlines with UN appearance

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:25 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's daughter Neve has made international headlines with an appearance in the General Assembly at the United Nations today [25/9 NZ time]. More >>

Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:20 am | John W Whitehead

“Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was “useful idiots” and ... More >>

PM has brief talk on tariffs with Trump at UN

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 11:18 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefly met with the US President at his reception for world leaders attending the United Nations. More >>

Taking the Long View

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 1:38 pm | Gord Stewart

There are five days each year I cherish. Three of them come in May when I attend the Auckland Writers Festival. Two are in August when I go to the annual conference of the Environmental Defence Society (EDS). More >>

Gordon Campbell on Bridges’ ‘meth crooks’ leadership failure

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 12:01 pm | Gordon Campbell

G iven that National Party leader Simon Bridges has made consistency and strong leadership the cornerstones of his attacks upon the coalition government, his own massive backflip on the meth compensation issue has been unfortunate, to say the ... More >>

Is Auckland’s transport becoming more or less accessible?

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 10:52 am | Daphne Lawless

This article will appear in Fightback's upcoming September issue on Accessibility. To support our work, consider subscribing to our e-publication ($NZ20 annually) or print magazine ($NZ60 annually). You can subscribe with PayPal or credit card here ... More >>